Richard Garriott returns

Ultima man is back from space with a new company

After going AWOL for two-years (some of that time spent in space) Ultima designer Richard Garriott has rejoined earth with a new social media company, Portalarium.

Garriott's new venture will focus on online game apps. Portalarium's first product is a cross-platform web browser plug-in that allows games developed on a variety of engines and technologies "to run seamlessly inside of the major popular social networks".

The Portalarium Player, as it's called, is currently in beta testing as a Windows PC app on Facebook.

"The Portalarium mission is exactly what I want to be doing next in games," says Garriott. "This really takes me back to my roots in the game business - small development teams, low barriers to entry, affordable budgets for quality projects, and unlimited new interactive frontiers to explore together with our customers."